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A Fascinating Journey, from Historic Temples to Idyllic Backwaters!
Day 01 – Arrive Chennai
Vanakam! Welcome to Chennai!
Chennai, well-known for its longest beach stretch of 6 kilometers, is a culturally-rich city in South India’s Tamil Nadu state. Start your South India tour in this historic city that welcomes its guests with warm hearts (and warm days too)!
Meet, greet and welcome at the international airport by our local representative and transfer to the hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Chennai & Kanchipuram | Historical Cities in South India
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and start on a sightseeing trip around Chennai in the morning. You will visit Marina Beach, St. George & San Thomas Basilica.
In the afternoon, you will be traveling to Mahabalipuram, visiting Kanchipuram on the way. Kanchipuram is famous for temples and silk sarees. You will visit the famous Varadaraja Temple (Vishnu) and Kailashnath Temple ( Shiva ) and also go for saree shopping here.
Reach Mahabalipuram by evening for dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Mahabalipuram To Pondicherry | Beach Towns
Checkout from the hotel after breakfast. Visit Shore Temple, Pacha Rathas and Cave Temples in Mahabalipuram. Then drive down to Pondicherry, a quaint French town. On arrival in Pondicherry, check-in at the hotel. At noon, you will go on a sightseeing trip around Pondicherry.
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Visit Auroville, the City of Dawn and the French colonies. Visit the Ashram which was founded by Sri Aurobindo. This little town is a must-visit to experience how people work and live in harmony. Finish the day with a rickshaw ride near the seashore. Overnight dinner and stay at the hotel.
Explore Well-Known Temples in 3 Cities
Day 04: Pondicherry to Tanjore| Trichy
Check-out from the hotel after breakfast. On the way, you will be visiting the Lord Nataraja temple in Chidambaram. Arrive at Tanjore in the afternoon and head out on a sightseeing tour around the town at noon. Visit the mammoth Brahadeeswara temple, Rajah Serfoji’s Saraswathi Mahal Library and Art Gallery. Late in the afternoon, travel to Trichy. Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel in Trichy.
Day 05: Trichy & Srirangam | The Land of the Cauvery
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Srirangam temple, a shrine devoted to Lord Vishnu. Here’s an interesting fact: Srirangam Temple is the world’s largest Hindu temple that’s functioning today! You will cross the majestic Cauvery River to go to the Lord Ranganathar temple in Srirangam, which is an island on the river.
Later, visit Rock Fort in Trichy. Overnight dinner and stay at the hotel in Trichy.
Madurai – Treasure Trove of Dravidian Architecture
Day 06: Madurai | Home to the Majestic Meenakshi Temple
Start after breakfast from Trichy and reach Madurai at noon. Check-in at the hotel. At noon, go on a sightseeing trip around Madurai.
Visit the famous Meenakshi temple, one of the largest temple complexes in India. Also, explore the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, which is famous for its giant pillars, Pillar’s height is 82 feet and width is 19 feet). Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Madurai.
Day 07: Periyar | Get Close to Nature
Have breakfast at the hotel and start after that. You will be reaching Periyar WildLife Sanctuary at noon. After check-in, you will visit a spice plantation and go on a jungle walk through the wildlife sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary is home to 35 species of mammals like Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, Indian giant squirrel, lion-tailed macaque etc. and also 265 species of birds. Explore the bazaar in the evening. Enjoy the dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel.
Explore the Venice of the East – Alleppey
Day 08: Alleppey | The Land of Backwaters
Checkout after breakfast and reach Alleppey by noon. On arrival, check-in at houseboat or rice boat. Relax and enjoy the experience. Overnight stay on the houseboat as it travels from Alleppey to Kumarakom. Dinner will be served for all guests!
Day 09: Kumarakom| Lagoons, Brooks and Canals
Breakfast in the houseboat. On arrival, check-in at the hotel on the backwaters. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing or exploring the backwaters near the hotel. Embrace the beauty of Kumarakom and live amidst canals and serene backwaters of Kerala. Overnight stay with dinner in Kumarakom.
Cochin – Experience Kerala at its Best!
Day 10 – Kumarakom To Cochin| Relax, Relax, And Relax
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the free morning to explore the nature around you. Check out from the hotel at Kumarakom, and drive to Cochin. Arrive at Cochin in the afternoon. On arrival at Cochin, check-in at the hotel.
A Special Treat For You: Kathakali Dance Show in the evening. Overnight stay with dinner at the hotel in Cochin.
Day 11: Cochin | Queen of the Arabian Sea
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will visit popular tourist spots such as the Dutch Palace, Jew Town, and Jewish Synagogue. Also enjoy a walk around Ernakulam, the new and modern part of Cochin. At noon, visit the Fort Cochin, Mattancherry, St. Francis Church and Bolgatty Island. You will also visit Vypin, a fishing village and view the Chinese fishing nets. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin.
Day 12 – Depart from Cochin
Check-out from hotel & transfer to Cochin Airport to board your return flight